LA WEEKLY - CALENDAR
January 31 - February 6, 2003
ART PICKS OF THE WEEK

LUCAS REINER

Lucas Reiner's little paintings (approximately a foot square) of just trees take us on a tree-by-tree tour of an ideal arbor, leading us into a meditation on treeness. Reiner's painterly touch, firm but feathered, comes right out of Barbizon realism, as does his sober but verdant palette; but his treatment of his subjects, painting them realistically but cropping them into icons, finds transcendence, a meta-treeness, in them. "[T]he city tree," notes Reiner, "is engaged in a specific struggleCit is rarely permitted to grow freely . . . And unlike the form of trees in nature, it reflects the impact of the city in its shape." Sounds almost like that poor old tree in Santa Clarita; but, in fact, Reiner's simply mused on the kind of scraggly evergreens that brush against Zaki's buildings.

-Peter Frank

At Roberts & Tilton, 6150 Wilshire Blvd.; thru Feb. 8.
(323) 549-0223.